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U.S self-driving company Aurora Technologies has announced that it’s buying lidar technology developer Blackmore.

Blackmore is based in Bozeman, Montana and offers Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) which is a next generation lidar technology.

In a Medium blog, Aurora states: ‘Lidar is critical for developing a reliable self-driving system that can navigate our roads more safely than a human driver. As we’ve said before, different sensor modalities have different strengths and weaknesses; thus, incorporating multiple modalities drives dramatic improvements in the reliability of the system’.

It adds: ‘Based on our decades of industry experience, we’re clear that lidar, specifically with the advancements Blackmore has made, is part of the ultimate sensing system’.

Aurora has self-driving partnerships with Byton, Hyundai Motor Co and Volkswagen. Earlier this year it raised more than $530 million in fresh funding. One of its investors is Amazon.

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